Tributes paid to 104-year-old

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LOVED ones have paid tribute to a 104-year-old great-grandmother, who has died.

Eleanor Currie, known as Ella, suffered from a short illness after her birthday in February.

The former Southwick resident, who was living in Hylton View Care Home, Old Mill Road, died on Saturday, April 20.

Ella, who was married to George, a shipyard engineer and inspector at Bristol Aircraft, who died aged 88, had two children, George, 70, and Jean Darwin, 82, of Seaburn, five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Granddaughter Gillian Telford, originally of Seaburn, now of Cockermouth, Cumbria, said it was nice how many people’s lives her grandmother touched.

“It’s been a very busy time. The phone has never stopped,” she said. “A lot of people have been in touch. She was very popular.

“The care home have been fantastic, and said they are missing her already because she was such a lively character.”

Ella featured in the Echo at the age of 90, on her 100th birthday, when she was 101 and on her 104th birthday. “She loved a bit of attention, and was over the moon when she was in on her last birthday,” said Gillian.

“She was so bright and sharp, and always well turned out with her nails and hair done, and she always lived life to the full as much as she could.”

Ella’s funeral will take place at noon today, at the Holy Trinity Church, Southwick.